Special Delivery: U.S. Postal Service Passes Legibility Test

I greeted last week’s announcement of the cessation of Saturday services for the United States Postal Service with mixed emotions. It would be altruistic of me to claim this was only due to concern for the myriad workers that would …

Profiles of Inspiration

Last year, I got to visit one of my old haunts, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, for the first time in over a dozen years. Since the permanent collection has changed little over the years, it was good …

The Lost Comics of Artist Jacob Landau

Last year I took my art appreciation class at Monmouth University to see an exhibit of work at the library there. On display were prints by the artist Jacob Landau; the university is the recipient of a large collection of …

Promises Made: The 1964-65 World’s Fair

For kids of my generation, 1964 was a seminal year. That February the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for three consecutive Sundays. And the following April, the World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadow Park in Queens, New York. …

Joseph Schwartz Makes the Case for K-12 Design Education

Joseph Schwartz grew up in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and attended the School of Visual Arts. Since 2003, he has been teaching computer graphics and design at Spotswood High School in New Jersey. I first met him in 2008 at …

The Visual Art and Design of Famous Writers, Part 2

When last we visited, we were examining the visual art of famous authors. But as I continued to dig into this subject, I realized that I had shown just the tip of the iceberg. Here, then, are an additional 22 …

The Visual Art and Design of Famous Writers

I attended the High School of Music and Art in Harlem, graduating in 1970. As one might expect, it was a place rich with talent. The program was split in two (as the name implies), and as I walked the …

Evergreen: The Glossy of the Underground

This past February, the iconoclast publisher Barney Rosset died at the age of 89. Rosset was the publisher of Grove Press from 1951 until 1985. He published D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover in its first unexpurgated U.S. edition in 1957, …

Remembrance of Comics Past

Memory is evanescent. I can’t recall where I made the purchase; perhaps it was during an elementary-school or Cub Scout trip. Nor do I remember my exact age; it was anywhere between eight and ten. What I do remember vividly …